Have you noticed how people use the word “whisperer,” where they once used “guru?” Both terms imply a super-normal expertise, in some cases justified. I’d love to have the Dog Whisperer visit our home! Meanwhile, a quick check revealed you get 13,800,000 hits when you google on “blog whisperer?”
Last year, at a local writer’s conference, a “social media expert” who I think called himself a blog whisperer, offered to critique the blogs of those willing to come for the pre-session and pay $20. That’s a bargain compared to the first blog whisperer to pop up on google, who charges $900 for a 90 day course on how to speak with “the voice of your soul.”
Think about that. Though we might balk at the price, we live in a world that accepts the idea of hiring a coach to teach us to speak from our soul. Afterwards, I guess we can look for a seminar on how to reclaim our power.
We live in a world of specialization and necessarily rely on experts in every phase of our lives. In many cases, I think it’s a boon. Those who long for the good old days are not in the throes of a toothache or facing surgery.
I have nothing against experts. I like to have them around when the car breaks down or I break down. For the garden, or home repairs, or internet security.
Yet something within us demands room to make our own discoveries and mistakes. To come to our own conclusions. To find out where we stand on things, what we really believe, regardless of the experts.
I used to think of writing as such an activity, but no longer. Google on “writing, how to” and you get 1.9 trillion hits. That’s a lot of whisperers!
The one little niche that is still free and clear, as far as I can see, is blogging, a medium that is unique because it allows us to think out loud in public. For me, it is like a journal, a place to explore ideas, but the threat and promise of the “Publish” button forces me to go a step further. When I pull the weeds from a first draft, I may find the seed of a new idea, or two, or three, or none. Sometimes a draft lies fallow for weeks, and sometimes I publish within the hour. More than a few get deleted. One time I hit “Publish” when I meant to “Save” and got some practice in really fast editing.
I’ve heard some expert advice on blogging, and tend to ignore it all. Before you say, “I knew it,” let me tell you what I mean – tips like:
- Don’t write more than 250 words in a post.
- Do not write about politics or religion.
- Pick a single theme for your blog and stick to it.
The feedback I really take seriously comes from readers. First there are simply the stats; people vote with their eyeballs. Beyond that, is the power of even a single comment.
I’ve recently gotten enthralled, as I have in the past, with looking at old stories and legends. When Adam, who blogs at Reviews and Ramblings http://blizzerd03.wordpress.com/ said he likes such posts, that was all the confirmation I needed. “Yeah, this is road I have to follow.” I value some of your comments more than 1.9 trillion articles on how to write.
As I have quoted more than once, as Joseph Campbell told the legends of the Holy Grail, he said every knight sought their own path into the forest; it would have been shameful to follow another’s trail.
This post is a way of thanking you all and a wish that we may all find our own way through the forest.